Ris­ing to the pay ques­tion

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SALARIES are barely grow­ing and work­ers are too scared to ask for a raise, with al­most half afraid it could cost their job.

Re­search shows 50 per cent of work­ers had not re­ceived a pay in­crease in the past two years and 45 per cent thought that ask­ing for a rise could jeop­ar­dise job se­cu­rity.

Psy­chol­o­gist Sabina Read said the con­cerns were not typ- ically valid: “Ini­ti­at­ing a salaryre­lated con­ver­sa­tion rarely cor­re­lates neg­a­tively with job se­cu­rity, as long as the topic is broached with sound prepa­ra­tion and fac­tual in­for­ma­tion as op­posed to emo­tional pleas.

“Even if the an­swer is no, you will kick­start a use­ful and valid con­ver­sa­tion rather than stew­ing in un­pro­duc­tive, pas­sive re­sent­ment juices.”

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